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The Euphrates River, 748-734 BCE

Babylonia has succumbed to the continuous invasions of the Aramaeans - yet another semi-nomadic tribe from the west. The empire has been reduced to poverty and our kings hold onto little more than their grand titles. Things are about to change, however - an Assyrian general named Tiglath-Pileser has rebelled against his king and has taken the throne. He is willing to support our new king Nabonassar to retake land lost to the Arameaens, our common enemy. Nabonassar commands you to revitalize the Babylonian armies and destroy the invaders encoraching on our territory.
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

Lord of the Euphrates is the seventh scenario of the Voices of Babylon campaign in Age of Empires. In the scenario, the Babylonians must defend their territory from the invading Aramaeans.

Scenario instructions[]

Description[]

The Euphrates River, 748-734 BCE

Babylonia has succumbed to the continuous invasions of the Aramaeans - yet another semi-nomadic tribe from the west. The empire has been reduced to poverty and our kings hold onto little more than their grand titles. Things are about to change, however - an Assyrian general named Tiglath-Pileser has rebelled against his king and has taken the throne. He is willing to support our new king Nabonassar to retake land lost to the Arameaens, our common enemy. Nabonassar commands you to revitalize the Babylonian armies and destroy the invaders encoraching on our territory.
—In-game section

Starting conditions[]

  • Gaia units: Several Chariots and a few Stone Throwers in the far east.

Objective[]

  • Destroy the Northern Aramaeans (Red).
  • Destroy the Western Aramaeans across the river (Yellow).

Hints[]

  • Prepare your defenses quickly, for there are enemies on all sides. The Babylonians have excellent walls and towers, so make us of them.
  • Do not attack until you are prepared to face the enemy at full strength.
  • The Assyrian king has promised you help. You can find his reinforcements in the desert to the east and on the river to the north.

Description[]

The destruction of the Elamites and the return of the statue of Marduk to Babylon have brought many years of relative peace to the Euphrates Valley, but the armies are marching again. The Assyrians are extending their empire and are threatening from the north. The Chaldeans are pushing up river from the south. You are to revitalize the Babylonian armies and destroy both invaders now encroaching into your territory.
—In-game section

Starting conditions[]

Objective[]

  • Destroy the Assyrians and Chaldeans.

Hints[]

  • Prepare your defenses quickly, for the enemy is on all sides.
  • Make no attack until you are prepared to face the enemy at full force.

Players[]

Player[]

  • Player (Babylonians): The player starts with a town with six Villagers near the center of the map at the east of the river.

Enemies[]

  • Northern Aramaeans (Babylonians): Start at the same land of the player, at the north.
  • Western Aramaeans (Assyrians): Have an advanced town with walls and towers in the west side of the river.

Player[]

  • Player (Babylonians): The player starts with a town, including a Barracks, with six Villagers near the center of the map at the east of the river.

Enemies[]

  • Chaldea (Greeks): Start at the same land of the player, to the north.
  • Assyria (Assyrians): Have a town with in the west side of the river.

Strategy[]

This strategy is suited for the original Age of Empires scenario.

The Chaldeans should be dealt with first. They are closer, weaker, and can be reached by land, without the need for Transports. Start building up a base and gathering resources. Immediately at the beginning, build an Academy and train some Hoplites. Five of them will be enough to completely wipe out the Chaldeans if the player attacks right away. Hoplites should even be able to fend off the yellow team if they come to help red.

To defend against Assyrian ships, build a Dock and train Scout Ships. Upgrade them at the earliest opportunity. A few Towers will provide even more security. Build Towers to the north as well, to stop the Chaldeans from marching towards the player's base.

When the player has enough resources and has aged up, it is time to consider attacking. A few Stone Throwers will deal with buildings, and Horse Archers can handle their units. If low on gold, Chariot Archers make a decent substitute.

Once the Chaldeans have been dealt with, build more ships to face the Assyrian navy, and ship some soldiers and a few Villagers across. Build some military buildings, and start taking their island one inch at a time.

Additional Tips[]

Since wood is scarce in this scenario, it would be wiser to train units with gold (such as Composite Bowman) as opposed to Chariot Archers, since wood could be used elsewhere (such as building ships and Farms). Also, Hoplites cost minimal gold and can defeat several Cavalry and Chariots. In addition, at least two Priests should be trained so they can heal each other (in case they get attacked) and continue to heal other valuable units. There are some gold reserves east of the player's starting base.

If playing the Definitive Edition, it is critical to set up a Stable, train a unit there, send him to the far eastern edge of the map, gather the units there, then take out the Northern Aramaeans as soon as possible.

History[]

Historical notes[]

Despite many years of conflict and a raid on Babylon itself by the Assyrians, the threat of the Aramaeans and other Semitic nomadic tribes forced Babylonia and Assyria to make peace to deal with the repeated attacks of these people. Even though the Babylonian kings still assumed grand titles, they were unable to stop the disintegration of the Babylonian Empire. The years between c. 1000 BCE and c. 750 BCE were marked by Aramaean invasions; and although the Babylonians and Assyrians were struggling to epel them, the Assyrians nevertheless succeeded in managing the situation better than the Babylonians. In the 9th century BCE, the Assyrians incorporated large parts of Mesopotamia that had been conquered by the Aramaeans, encountering little resistance from the Babylonians who instead had to deal with palace intrigues and usurpers.

After 780 BCE, the Assyrian power started to decline when considerable lands in the north and west were lost and the general Tiglath-pileser deposed the former Assyrian king, thus creating the Neo-Assyrian Empire. This gave the Babylonians a chance under their new king Nabonassar to restore some of Babylonia's former power. Nabonassar allied himself with the new Assyrian king, Tiglath-pileser III, and together they defeated the Aramaeans, after which the two kings continued to pursue amicable relationships, and Tiglath-pileser III visited the cities and temples in Babylonia.

Nabonassar retained his independence, even though Assyria quickly recovered from the power change and Tiglath-pileser III brought Assyria to its greatest territorial expansion after conquering Syria, Armenia and Israel. However, when Nabonassar died, so did the friendly relationship between Babylonia and Assyria. During the reign of Nabonassar's successors, Tiglath-pileser ill conquered Babylonia, dethroned the king, and assumed a Babylonian name, making himself the king of Assyria and Babylonia, thus ending its independence and incorporating it into the Assyrian Empire.

After Tiglath-pileser's death, the new Assyrian Empire kept on growing, expanding further into Egypt, Asia Minor, Elam and even into what is now Iran, making it the largest empire in the entirety of the Middle East at that time. After several rebellions by the Babylonians during the 7th century BCE, the Assyrian king Sennacherib retaliated against the rebellious city. In 689 BCE, Babylon was conquered and completely destroyed, its temples plundered and leveled. The waters of the Arakhtu Canal were diverted over the ruins, and the inner city remained almost completely uninhabited for eight years. These harsh measures also upset many Assyrians because they too considered Babylon to be a holy city.
—In-game section

Victory[]

You achieved a great feat by defeating our enemies, and Nabonassar has promoted you to field general. For as long as Nabonassar lives, Babylonia will be independent. What will happen after he dies is yet to be seen.
—In-game section

Loss[]

The Babylonian army has been crushed, and yet again Babylon has come under the rule of a foreign king. The new ruler has demanded you to come to his court and entertain him as the king's buffoon.
—In-game section

Historical notes[]

After 730 BC, new rulers in old Sumeria to the south, the Chaldeans, and the old enemies in Assyria began reasserting claims to Babylon. The Chaldeans ruled in Babylon on several occasions during the next 80 years, and the Assyrians sacked the city in 689. Another Assyrian attack was launched in 648 BC following what they perceived as rebellion from their rule.
—In-game section

Historical outcome[]

Babylon fell to the Assyrians in 648 BC, but recovered over the next few decades to be a power once more. The Chaldeans took control of Babylon in 626 BC, establishing the Chaldean Dynasty, also referred to as the New Babylonian Empire.
—In-game section

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